Mitt Romney Backpedals About 47% Comment

    July 29, 2013
    Sarah Parrott
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How could anyone forget the 2012 election, especially with it so fresh in our minds? And, better yet, who could forget Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate who ran against Barack Obama, committing an obnoxious amount of faux pas and news bite-worthy blunders along the way? If you require a quick summation or introduction into the marvelous world of Mitt Romney, just take a look at this and come back when you’re done.

One of the biggest blunders to come from the Romney campaign was a comment made by Romney at a private fundraising event, which was caught on video and released to the public. In the speech Romney gives, he infamously states:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it… And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Obviously, this comment caused a huge uproar and cost Romney much support. In a statement made in Dan Balz’s upcoming book concerning the 2012 election, Romney even admitted to his faux pas, saying, “Well, clearly that was a very damaging quote and hurt my campaign effort.” He then went on to apologize for his misguided and rude words, asking for forgiveness and reaching out for a better understanding so that he might not be such a prick in the future.

Oh, wait. No he didn’t.

No. In actuality, Romney was quoted in the book’s excerpt as saying this:

“As I understood it, and as they described it to me, not having heard it, it was saying, ‘Look, the Democrats have 47 percent, we’ve got 45 percent, my job is to get the people in the middle, and I’ve got to get the people in the middle.’… And I thought, ‘Well, that’s a reasonable thing.’ … It’s not a topic I talk about in public, but there’s nothing wrong with it. They’ve got a bloc of voters, we’ve got a bloc of voters, I’ve got to get the ones in the middle. And I thought that that would be how it would be perceived — as a candidate talking about the process of focusing on the people in the middle who can either vote Republican or Democrat. As it turned out, down the road, it became perceived as being something very different.”

Mitt went on to say that the charming end to his speech about 47% of America not taking “personal responsibility” for their lives was false. He was quoted as saying, “Actually, I didn’t say that…. That’s how it began to be perceived, and so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality.”

So, there you have it. Mitt Romney finally commented on his 47% quote and… backpedaled. A lot. Right back on to his private jet, no doubt.

  • E.T. Anderson

    Sarah Parrot… obviously you are a Democrat! Yet you won’t let the 2012 election pass away as the most devastating election in American History. The day this nation reelected Barack Obama was a terrible day. Yet, you persist in chasing after Mitt Romney’s spoken mistakes. Romney is the man that could have saved this nation, not the man that was elected, not the man that persistently ignores the constitution of this great nation, not the man that doesn’t know the meaning of working for a living. Sure he can talk and give pretty speeches, yet most shyster types can spin a yarn.
    So what is Romney had said the 47% remark as has been reported, so what? Someone needs to speak the truth.
    Instead of going after Mitt Romney, try looking into the backroom dealings associated with this administration.

    • funkdocta

      Well said E.T.!!

  • Robert Hayes

    Anything he does or says that is related to emotion he can’t connect to.That is why when asked about his dog, who he tied to the roof of his car for a twelve hour trip, was responded to without emotion (other than the discomfort that sociopaths experience when people aren’t under their control or fawning over them) or, any ability to empathize with the dog. It is similar to his response to his “47% comment” in which his answer is utterly detached from the emotional life of others. In his mind, he not only perceives that he is correct but he truly can’t “feel” or even objectively process why his statement would even have an emotional effect on anyone. He appears robotic because in a sense, his mind works very similarly; it is incapable of sensitivity or empathy for other living beings. When he “serves” others his intention is not to increase the well-being of others; it is merely to, in effect, enhance the view others have of him.